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Senate committee advances Wheeler’s EPA nomination

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s EPA nomination

February 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm 0 comments

Andrew Wheeler’s nomination for Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the number two position at the agency, passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee by an 11-10 party line vote on Feb. 7. The EPW Committee vote was facilitated by the White House’sRead More

Lawmakers introduce bills to increase SRF dollars using WIFIA

Lawmakers introduce bills to increase SRF dollars using WIFIA

February 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-Ariz.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently introduced the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now (SRF WIN) Act to modernize investment in water infrastructure. This legislation rejects the fix-as-fail approach currently used to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and instead empowers states toRead More

EPA, Army finalize WOTUS applicability date

EPA, Army finalize WOTUS applicability date

February 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) have finalized a rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Clean Water Rule (the 2015 Rule). This rule provides clarity and certainty about which definition of “waters of the United States” is applicable nationwide in responseRead More

OWASA receives President’s Award from Partnership for Safe Water 

OWASA receives President’s Award from Partnership for Safe Water 

January 29, 2018 at 11:13 am 0 comments

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) in Carrboro, N.C., recently received the prestigious Presidents Award for Distribution System Operation from the Partnership for Safe Water. To date, OWASA is only the third utility in the United States to achieve this award. The OWASA is a public, non-profit agency thatRead More

Water sector groups support bill to extend WIFIA

Water sector groups support bill to extend WIFIA

January 15, 2018 at 11:42 am 0 comments

In January, the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) endorsed House of Representatives legislation that would extend EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program through 2024. The groupsRead More

Reflections from Washington, D.C. — Water Infrastructure in the Balance

Reflections from Washington, D.C. — Water Infrastructure in the Balance

December 20, 2017 at 7:20 am 0 comments

By Michael Deane As we reflect upon the first year of the Trump Administration, I would like to offer some insight into recent developments in Washington, D.C., and what we are likely to see in 2018 with respect to water infrastructure funding and reform. This year began with an ambitiousRead More

The Revelations of George Hawkins

The Revelations of George Hawkins

December 18, 2017 at 7:20 am 0 comments

After more than eight years, DC Water’s top executive is stepping down. How he earned his reputation for utility management excellence began long before the utility’s resurgence to global recognition.  By Andrew Farr “I do what I do well,” George Hawkins says. Taken out of context, it would seem theRead More

Senate confirms Ross for Office of Water post

Senate confirms Ross for Office of Water post

December 18, 2017 at 7:15 am 0 comments

The U.S. Senate has confirmed David P. Ross to serve as the assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water. Ross was nominated by President Donald J. Trump for the position in September. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt praised the Senate’s action to confirm Ross. “David RossRead More

EPA backs Colorado’s $25 million water infrastructure plan

EPA backs Colorado’s $25 million water infrastructure plan

December 18, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded approximately $10.6 million in clean water infrastructure and $14.3 million in drinking water state revolving loan funding (SRF) to the State of Colorado to support key water infrastructure projects, including new and upgraded wastewater and drinking water plants to ensure clean drinkingRead More

EPA backs North Dakota’s water quality improvement plan

EPA backs North Dakota’s water quality improvement plan

November 27, 2017 at 10:26 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $14,715,000 in Clean Water and Drinking Water state revolving loan (SRF) funding to the North Dakota Department of Health to support key water infrastructure projects, including new and upgraded wastewater and drinking water plants to ensure clean drinking and surface water, better serveRead More

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